Monday, February 20, 2017

The MCGG Resource Development Session is this Friday, February 24th at 1 p.m.

Databases created with volunteer help.
On Friday, February 24, at 1:00 pm in the auditorium of the Mount Clemens Public Library, we are holding one of our MCGG Resource Development Sessions. 

What is a Resource Development Session? It is where those of us who want to contribute back index circuit court and other Macomb County records to create databases to help other researchers. It does not matter if you have Macomb County ancestors or not. It's a nice way to help others; learn what is involved in an indexing projects; and if you do have Macomb County ancestors ... who knows you might just find one. 

So for those of you who are in the Mount Clemens area, PLEASE JOIN US. 

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!

Friday, February 17, 2017

It's Free Access Weekend at to Over 1 Billion UK Records

More genealogy news just keeps happening. is having a free access weekend to its UK records this weekend. Free access runs from February 17, at 2 p.m. ET through February 20, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

These records are normally part of World Explorer or All access paid memberships so remember to save any image to your computer for future access.

You'll need a free account membership which does not require a credit card like the free trail membership so don't click on the wrong link. If you do not already have a free account membership you can create one with this link.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

Get Ready for the Next Season of Who Do You Think You Are? It Starts March 5th!

We thought this should be happening soon but a search last week came up with no new news. It was just announced that the next season
Season 9 of Who Do You Think You Are? will begin on Sunday, March 5, at 10 p.m. ET on the cable television channel, The Learning Channel aka TLC.

Celebrity guests announced for this season's eight episodes are: Jessica Biel, Julie Bowen, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Grey, Smokey Robinson, John Stamos, Liv Tyler, and Noah Wylie.

Everyone has different television delivery/provider systems. Use your television provider's schedule system to find the TLC channel number on your provider system and to learn when the show will be re-aired again.

Also, the episodes are usually available on the TLC website page sometime after they have aired. So if you don't have TLC you should be able to watch the show on your computer over the internet. You can keep up with the show in its Facebook page even if you are not on FaceBook.

And by the way, Season Two of Long Lost Family premiered on February 12. The show, which reunites long lost families, airs on TLC on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. You can catch last Sunday's episode on the website or through your cable provider's In Demand service.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

RootsTech 2017 Recorded Live Stream Sessions Are Available

Did you miss the LiveStream Sessions for RootsTech 2017?

Don't worry, the recorded sessions are now available on the RootsTech website. Just scroll down on the homepage and pick the day of the session you want to watch.

See our prior post for the list of sessions and how to access the handouts.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

Follow Up to Family Tree DNA Autosomal Transfers -- Points to Understand

So the news is out that Autosomal Transfers at Family Tree DNA are now possible with the revised testings chips used by AncestryDNA and 23andMe.

Here are some points to make sure everyone understands:
  • An Autosomal Transfer to Family Tree DNA is initially free.
  • The Autosomal Transfer is a data transfer. No actual DNA is swapped between the companies.
    • For instructions on how to download your DNA test results data from AncestryDNA, see here.
    • For instructions on how to download your DNA test results data from 23andMe, see here
    • Transfers from MyHeritage and Genographic will be supported in the near future.
  • For free you get to see all of your matches* now not just the top 20 matches (which was the case prior to this) and you can use the FamilyFinder Matrix which allows you to select up to ten matches and see in a chart if they match each other too.
    • *Transfers of tests on the AncestryDNA V2 chip and 23andMe V3 chip receive all but the most speculative matches (6th to remote cousins). If a customer wants to receive the speculative matches, a DNA sample will have to submitted so a FamilyFinder test (at a reduced price of $59) can be run.
  • Depending on the volume of submissions, Autosomal Transfer results may take between one to twenty-four hours.
  • All previously submitted Autosomal Transfers that were not unlocked prior, will now receive all their matches (not just the top twenty as was the case prior to this) and have access to the FamilyFinder Matrix too IF they have signed the release form. If the form is already signed the matches should just appear.
  • At Family Tree DNA each individual's test kit is separate so you will have a separate kit number and password for each test kit you manage. You will not see all the kits you manage in one place like you do at AncestryDNA. So yes you can do an Autosomal Transfer for how every many tests you have at AncestryDNA and 23andMe but each will be managed separately at Family Tree DNA.
    • For ethics sake, make sure you have the permission of the person (whose DNA test you manage) to add their test results to another resource be it Family Tree DNA or GedMatch or where ever.
  • The cost to unlock a free Autosomal Transfer test (new and existing) to access the additional Family Finder tools is $19.
    • When you unlock your Autosomal Transfer you get access to:
      • A Chromosome Browser that allows you to see which segments of which chromosomes you and your match(es) share in either a graphic view and chart view. You also get the ability to see which matches you and another match share In Common or Not In Common.
      • myOrigins gives you your ethnicity estimate/makeup
        • A MyOrigins (ethnicity) update will be released very soon. So unlocked Autosomal Transfers at this time will only show broad population categories.
      • ancientOrigins which compares your DNA to the DNA found at archaeological digs found throughout the European continent
      • Besides this you can contact your matches if they allowed their email address to be viewed, and see a match's tree if that match has created one.
  • Not sure which test kit results you already transferred? The transfer process will tell you this kit is a duplicate and list the kit number of the original submission.
  • For Autosomal Transfer FamilyFinder Tests, if you want to add/upgrade to include a Y-DNA or mtDNA you will have to submit an actual DNA sample with that added test.

In addition, tests done at Family Tree DNA give you the option to enter your last know direct male and last know direct female ancestors by name, birth and location. There is also the option to enter a list of your surnames with locations. When a match has a same or similar surname entered as you have in your surname list, that surname appears in bold and at the beginning of your match's surname list. The surname list is a nice alternative if you don't want to put a tree online yet.

If you already have a FamilyFinder test (directly tested or prior autosomal transfer) you might want to check in on your match list a little more often in the future. We suspect the number of our matches will be growing.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Autosomal Transfers on Revised Chips Now Possible at Family Tree DNA

Here is some breaking news.

Family Tree DNA has solved the transfer problem and its Autosomal Transfer option now works with the revised test chips now used by AncestryDNA and 23andMe. 

So as of today if you have tested at Ancestry DNA or 23andMe you can download your raw DNA data results and upload the data to Family Tree DNA. That is if your autosomal DNA test results are on either the:
  • AncestryDNA V1 chip (test results from before mid-May)
  • AncestryDNA V2 chip (test results from about mid-May 2016)
  • 23andMe V3 chip
  • 23andMe V4 chip

Note that early 23andMe test results (prior to November 2013) on the 23andMe V1 chip or 23andMe V2 chip still can not be transferred.

As you may remember from previous posts, Family Tree DNA's Autosomal Transfer is initially free. What you get for free is: a list of your autosomal matches from the FTDNA database and access to the Family Finder Matrix which allows you to select and compare the autosomal DNA relationship between up to ten of your matches at one time.

And now for just $19 you can unlock the rest of the Family Finder features which includes the Chromosome Browser, myOrigin (ethnicity) and AncientOrigins. FamilyFinder is the name of Family Tree DNA's autosomal DNA test.

Autosomal Transfers were previously $39 to unlock the results. So if you have tested at either AncestryDNA or 23andMe and are curious about who might be in the match pool over at Family Tree DNA, you can save $60 by doing an Autosomal Transfer rather than an actual FTDNA FamilyFinder test that costs $79.

Of course, if you need/want a Y-DNA or mtDNA test then you would have to buy an actual test from Family Tree DNA. But if you are simply curious about autosomal matches this Autosomal Transfer is a great option.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Did You Know? Now Includes 1941 Death Certificate Images

Did you realize that the Archives of Michigan has loaded the images for the 1941 Michigan Death Certificates onto its website? 

With this year's annual update SeekingMichigan now has digitized Michigan Death Certificate images from 1897-1941 with indexes up to 1952.

Happy Searching and Happy Valentine's Day.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!